In 1994, the duo began sequencing tracks on a borrowed computer and keyboard. They spit their tunes out onto tape and played guitars over them live. (To this day, the duo uses keys, samplers, and computers shamelessly.) That same year Dan played its first proper gig in a small and cramped guesthouse at a boarding school in Monterey, California.
Around 50 screaming and moshing kids crammed themselves into a 20' x 30' living room and bounced off the walls to the tunes of Dan. The notoriety of that show reached mammoth proportions as phone calls were made to the school from all over the state by angry parents, concerned that their kids were out of control. Following this ill-fated performance, Dan entered the studio to record some demos. Several songs were recorded during these sessions. Having been plagued by a dodgy producer, the band decided to shelve the music. The members had forked out loads of money, but were horribly disappointed with the results. To make matters worse, all of the original studio tapes were dubbed over by mistake by the same producer. Now, only a few cheap cassette copies and one CD-R remain of those crap sessions.
In the next two years, Dan played only a few more times, due to work and time constraints. In 1995, John moved to Fresno, California, and began a graphics job at an ad agency. While in Fresno, he wrote more material. In 1997, Dan got its first proper manager. However, Fresno turned out to have a dead music scene, with three metal bands holding the monopoly on both audiences and clubs, and Dan soon canned its manager. But all was not lost. John built up a respectable rig and began writing music with both a different feel and approach. Song's such as Stuck, The Journey to the Center of the Soul, 1 followed by 2, Mock the Poet, and the great live tune Billy Boland's Circus Tent Burned Down resulted.
Currently, Dan the 50£ Man is based in Sacramento, California. They are writing material for their first official album and have just come back from gigging in England.
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